C’est La Video: Green Smoothie

I’ve been wanting to do a post about green smoothies for a while, and I was way overdue for shooting a new video, so I figured I’d tackle both at once!  With the New Year upon us and so many people making resolutions to eat a more healthy diet, I thought I’d show you guys how I make my favorite green smoothie.

Before I do that, I want to give you a little background and more information about green smoothies.  Ryan and I have been making breakfast smoothies for years, but we used to only add a bit of spinach.  I was talking with a customer about this last spring, and she recommended I check out the book Green for Life.  I really enjoyed the book, and it inspired me to get more creative with the greens I added to my smoothies.  I starting using dandelion greens, romaine, parsley, mint, tatsoi, beet greens and kale, to name just a few.

For three or four weeks I followed the recipes in Green for Life until I felt I had a pretty good grasp of the amounts to use, as well as an idea of the combinations of fruit and veg that I like best.  The main thing I took away from the book was to make sure to vary the fruit and greens that you use, which was really easy for me to do over the summer since there’s such an abundance of seasonal fruit available.

The smoothie I make in this video is one of my favorites, and it’s the one I’ve been making most often lately.  Some other versions I really like are romaine with frozen pineapple and mango, or beet greens with frozen strawberries and fresh oranges.  Speaking of oranges, they’re great with just about everything, and they’re particularly yummy with grapes (and any greens).  If you use oranges just cut off the peel, cut them in half and toss them into your blender.

Another thing you might want add is some flax meal or oil, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and I like adding a vegan protein powder as well.  I usually only add cocoa powder if I’m adding berries or only using bananas (which are also tasty with a bit of cinnamon), and if you want your smoothie to be totally raw you could use raw cacao powder instead.

I normally use a Vitamix blender for my smoothies, and I do think that a high-speed blender is best for these.  The greens really get pulverized, as do any seeds in the fruit.  That being said, a Vitamix blender is pricey.  We’d already burned through two blenders that were both pretty high quality when we decided to take the plunge and get a Vitamix, and we got a refurbished model that was much less expensive than the brand new models.  If you do a lot of blending, I think a Vitamix is definitely worth the investment.

If you want to learn more about making green smoothies and all the health benefits they provide, Green for Life is a great starting point, and there’s also an abundance of information about them online.  The main thing I tell people is to not be afraid to experiment so that you can find what you like best.  If they taste terrible to you, you’re not going to drink them.  For example, I know that kale is one of the best greens to use for these, but it’s really hard for me to get a smoothie down that has kale in it, so I don’t use it as much as other greens.

I hope that this video and post are helpful to you and that you’ll try making your own green smoothies (if you’re not already!).  They really are a great addition to your diet, and if you drink them regularly, you’ll definitely feel the benefits!

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22 Responses to “C’est La Video: Green Smoothie”

  1. Yay! A video. You do such a great job with them and they are really fun to watch. This smoothie looks really tasty. Thank your for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us!

  2. Great video! I love green smoothies.

  3. I nearly choked at your little blooper at the end. :D Nice video!

  4. That’s a great book!

    I love green smoothies, too. I have them for breakfast, snack, lunch, dessert – you name it. Any time is a good time!

    Cheers,
    Kristen

  5. I went and made a green smoothie straight after I watched this! Great video :)

  6. Where do you get your vegan protein powder from?? I make smoothies everyday! I am hard core though. Kale, lemon and parsley are my main ingredients..lol
    Viv~

  7. Hi, vivaciousvegan! I usually order the protein powder from Lucky Vitamin, but I’ve seen it at some health food stores in the past. You can also order through Amazon. And I give lots of props to your hardcore smoothies! I’ve only done kale a few times myself.

  8. I just tried your Green Smoothie recipe and I loved it! I was a little worried about “tasting the spinach”, but I really couldn’t tell! Thanks for this helpful recipe!

  9. Hi, Ashley! I’m so glad you liked it!

  10. great video!! your kitchen is so beautiful. are you wearing a ppk apron? thumbs up!

  11. Thanks, eirene! I wish that were my kitchen, but alas, it’s just where I shoot these. My own kitchen isn’t quite as nice… And it’s not a PPK apron, though I do love me some PPK!

  12. Thank you for making this video. It has motivated me to start making smoothies every morning. This green smoothie tastes great!

  13. My pleasure, Tess! So glad you like it!

  14. Just found your blog today via the JL Goes Vegan blog. I want to start making healthy green smoothies, but want to get a really good blender that doesn’t have a plastic smell when I turn it on. The blender in this video looks sturdy. What brand is it? Any suggestions for a blender that is not too expensive?

  15. Hi, Vanessa! The blender I use is a Vitamix. They’re pretty expensive, but Ryan and I got a refurbished model, which is less expensive. We’d already burned through two blenders, so we decided to get one as our Christmas present to each other a few years ago. I really love mine, and I definitely recommend getting one if you’re able to. Hope that helps!

  16. Hi Kim,
    Lovin your website and the videos. I’m from Ireland and we rice protein is hard to find here. Can you suggest something else? Many thanks, keep up the good work!!

  17. Hi, Sarah! You could use soy or pea protein. Basically you want to avoid any dairy ingredients (whey is a big culprit) in protein powders. Hope that helps! And Ireland is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I’m jealous that you live there!

  18. Hello! I recently discovered your blog (drawn in by delicious pictures of vegan baking!) and just linked to this video in my post about inspiring ways to incorporate more greens. I have a green smoothie every morning and it is such a wonderful start to my day.
    Thanks for being an inspiration!

  19. Thanks so much, Shannon!

  20. I love your website, Kim! You are really an inspiration.

  21. Thank you, Kerrie!

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